Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis: “We must find a way to demonstrate further progress in Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration”
On 30-31 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended a meeting of foreign ministers of the Bucharest Ninte (B9) platform in Łódź, Poland. The participants discussed preparations for the NATO meeting at the level of foreign ministers on 4 and 5 April, the security situation of the countries of NATO’s eastern flank and continued support for Ukraine.
When discussing the consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine on Euro-Atlantic security, Foreign Ministers reiterated the importance of maintaining unity for further support for Ukraine. “At the moment, our urgent task is to help Ukraine prepare for the spring offensive. However, we cannot stop there. At the Vilnius summit, we must find formulas for Ukraine’s deeper political integration into NATO structures and processes,” Landsbergis said.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also stressed the urgent need to strengthen the Alliance’s defensive capabilities. “All signs suggest that Russia is preparing for a long-term confrontation with Western countries. In preparation for NATO’s summit in Vilnius, our goal is to accelerate the Alliance’s strategic adaptation and to ensure full readiness to counter the Russian threat. Our top priority is to strengthen NATO’s collective defence,” the Foreign Minister said.
The Bucharest Nine is a platform for political cooperation among nine countries — Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary. It was founded in 2015 to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security.
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